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Cheat your way to a fresh rosy glow with three simple steps – and none of them require a run!
First things first, you want to add some illuminating skincare into the mix. These ranges are designed to boost luminosity in the skin, thanks to optical diffusers, while also nourishing and moisturising the skin. Apply a serum like this onto freshly cleansed skin before adding your moisturiser.
Breathe some life into your complexion with a flush of colour. Choose a blush that offers some e different shades in the one palette – these add dimension, shimmer and a hint of colour once foundation has been applied.
When it comes to applying, look in the mirror, smile and apply to the apples of the cheeks before very lightly sweeping up to your ears.
For those who only want a hint of blush, buff it back until you’re happy with the shade – the more adventurous might want to apply a bit more for added impact.
Blending is the key to nailing your blush, so arming yourself with a powder brush to soften any harsh lines is a great idea.
Lastly, complementt the blush with some highlighter strategically placed just above the blush on your cheekbones. A stick like Revlon’s Photoready Insta-fix highlighter is quick and easy to apply. Pop a stripe onto your cheekbone before using a blending brush or your fingers to soften the line.
1. Max Factor Créme Puff blush in Seductive Pink, $25 2. Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating brightening day serum, $166 3. Revlon Photoready Insta-fix highlighting stick, $35 most important in the morning so your foundation or concealer doesn’t cake up from the extra emollient base in the eye cream.
For those wanting an inexpensive eye cream with a solid performance history, try the Soothing Eye Contour Cream ($31) from highly respected French name Avène. As befitting the dermatologistapproved brand, the formula is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, as well as super lightweight. Ingredients include chamomile for its decongesting properties, hyaluronic acid for intense hydration, and pre-tocopheryl, a photostable form of vitamin E.
To tackle fine lines and dark circles, Lancôme’s Visionnaire Yeux ($118) is a winner. A 3-in-1 cream, it targets all manner of eye contour-related issue like wrinkles, dark circles and bags with aplomb. In less than a minute, the area around your eyes are actually optically whitened and given a “rested” appearance – no matter how many hours you’ve had your head on the pillow. Over time, it has truly amazing corrective properties to boot.
Retinol is a key ingredient in
Dermalogica’s Age Reversal Eye Complex ($115),
which features microencapsulation technology and a unique firming complex to help reduce fine lines, puffiness and dark under eye circles with minimum disruption to the skin. Researched and developed by The International Dermal Institute, this formula requiresq some care to begin with and then you’re good to go. Apply it on alternate nights for the first two weeks as skin builds up a tolerance to the he retinol, then as s skin acclimates,s, work up to applying it nightly.
down and roll out to fit an oiled baking tray sprinkled with polenta. Set aside.
Topping: Heat oven to 210C. Bring a pan of water to the boil and drop in kumara slices. Return to the boil for about 1 minute – kumara should be just cooked. Drain and spread on a tea towel to steam dry.
Mash anchovies to a paste in a bowl and combine with oil. Brush base with half the mixture.
Arrange kumara and olives on top and brush with remaining anchovy oil. Sprinkle with rosemary, ground pepper and parmesan.
Bake 15-20 minutes until base is crisp. Cut into squares to serve. Serves 6